Grassroots Propaganda in the Third Reich: The Reich Ring for National Socialist Propaganda and Public Enlightenment
Journal article from German Studies Review (February 2010).
With the Reichsring für nationalsozialistische Propaganda und Volksaufklärung the Nazi Party sought to consolidate all local forces forging public opinion. Under Walter Tießler’s leadership it grew gradually from 1935 to 1941, when it exploded in size and activity, only to start a rapid decline after January 1944 due to the pressures of the war and internal party disagreements. Although it did not have time to become a central part of the Nazi system, it provides an example of the effort to permeate all aspects of society with propaganda and of the direction party propaganda was headed.